water quality

In response to recent news coverage about pharmaceuticals in U.S. municipal water systems and in some bottled water that comes from municipal sources, we’ve posted the complete text of our annual detailed water analysis, to provide full disclosure of the quality of Summit Spring Water. Even when rogue contaminants like pharmaceuticals don’t find their way into municipal water, a host of toxic chemicals like chlorine, chloramine, fluoride, and lye, to name only a few, are commonly and deliberately added to public drinking water supplies by law, as they are required to maintain chemical residuals that continue to disinfect the water while it sits in ancient pipes. Detergents, phosphates, and fertilizers from surface runoff are also not completely removed in the water-treatment processes.


Click here to view the Summit Spring Source 2015 Water Analysis »

The Age of Water and Nuclear Weapons

Water cannot be dated like fossils. Carbon dating doesn’t work, because water contains no carbon. It is interesting to see the myriad of claims by competitors talking about the age of their waters when no such technology exists, other than pure estimates and guesswork. Just more marketing blather to try and mislead the public.
One interesting and troubling way exists, however. The presence or absence of Tritium, Strontium 90, and also Cesium.
These are radioactive isotopes with a half-life of 28 years. (but allow detection in a medically significant amount-defined as able to cause cancer-out to 600 years) Where did these come from? In 1954, as part of Operation Castle, the largest nuclear bomb ever detonated by the United States took place on Bikini Atoll, Marshall Islands in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. “Bravo” was a hydrogen bomb 1,000 times more powerful than that of Hiroshima or Nagasaki. It was detonated on the surface of the coral reef in Bikinis’ Northwest corner. This explosion-far larger than scientists expected-caused a massive mushroom cloud, dispersed radioactive fallout for hundreds of miles and delivered these radioactive isotopes into the Earths’ atmosphere. Within a matter of weeks, all surface areas on Earth contained these isotopes. Every lake, river, stream, mountain, soil, trees and so on was contaminated through natural rainfall. They still exist to this day and recently with the explosions at Fukushima, Japan; even more radioactive contaminants were added to the atmosphere as well. Even in 1977 (nearly 25 years later, Strontium 90 levels in well water in Bikini Atoll still exceeded US limits). Summit Spring water is routinely tested for these isotopes which are easily detected with modern analysis techniques. None of these has ever been detected, proving positively that Summit Spring water has been protected deep underground since at least 1954, probably a millennium, but can only be verified to 1954. Even only 59 years ago, America and the world was a completely different place and man’s impact was not nearly what it is today. As we approach and quickly exceed 7 Billion people on Earth, adding a Billion every 10 years now, naturally pure water is becoming exceedingly rare indeed. Summit Spring water is actually one of the purest substances your body will ever come in contact with in your lifetime. Since water makes up 92% of our blood, building one’s bloodstream out of naturally pure water becomes increasingly critical as a foundation to good health. Not rocket science, just good old fashioned common sense.

We’ve always posted a summary analysis on this site, but to fully demonstrate our commitment to absolute transparency, we’re now providing complete details for anyone who wants to know precisely what they’re putting in their bodies.

Summit Spring Water’s Purity—True and Completely Transparent

Our motto is “You Should Know Where Your Water Comes From,” and in that spirit, we’re laying our cards on the table; because frankly, the closer you look at Summit Spring Water, the better we look. These reports are results from seven independent labs that collectively test for nearly 200 substances—more than twice the number required to be tested for by either the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) or the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). Summit Spring Water spends nearly $10,000 each year to maintain this level of water-quality testing, far exceeding the EPA’s standards for public drinking water and the FDA’s standards for bottled water.

A Few Tips for Reading Water-Quality Analysis Reports

These reports are very detailed and can seem a little cryptic if you’re unaccustomed to interpreting them, so here are a few tips about what to look for and how to interpret the information:

The two primary columns to look at are “MCL” (Maximum allowable Contaminant Level) and “Level Detected.”

  • MCL is the level that the FDA deems acceptable. Substances that show no MCL value (represented by “- – -“) are considered harmless; therefore, no safety levels are established and enforced.

MCL values marked with two asterisks (**) are considered secondary, and testing for them is not required but recommended. These substances are not considered to affect health; testing for them is recommended only to provide clues to the source of any cloudiness or odor that may be present. You’ll see that our results for these substances fall far below the MCL, and Summit Spring Water has no cloudiness or odor of any kind.

  • Level Detected is the amount of a given substance detected in Summit Spring Water. You’ll see that very little of any substance…other than water…is found in Summit Spring Water. Most substances tested for have a value of “ND” (None Detected).

For some substances, the result under “Level Detected” may be “NA.” This means the contaminant was not analyzed by that particular testing lab. Not every contaminant is tested for by every lab, but each contaminant is tested for by at least one of the labs.

An asterisk (*) next to a result in the Level Detected column indicates a result that falls outside of the recommended range (either higher or lower) for that item. The only item on our report that falls outside of the recommended range is pH. Because Summit Spring Water has such a low mineral content, and minerals raise pH, our pH tends to be on the low side (5.8 on this report) for natural spring water. For comparison’s sake, the recommended range for treated bottled water is between 5 and 7, the human stomach is between 1 and 3, and apple juice is between 2.9 and 3.3.

Testing for Pharmaceuticals

We tested for pharmaceuticals in 2004 and found no evidence of them whatsoever. Not surprising, since the spring’s source is in a pristine Maine forest, on the highest ground in the county, far removed from man’s contaminants.

Most municipal water comes from surface water supplies like lakes, rivers and streams, which are easily contaminated by human activity. The source of contaminants like pharmaceuticals in municipal water is in part from human waste that is processed through sewage treatment plants and directly or indirectly reintroduced into public drinking water supplies—what some call a “toilet-to-tap” process.

You Won’t Find Any Water Purer than Summit Spring Water

Summit Spring Water—unlike any municipal tap water—is authentic, free-flowing natural spring water that comes from a single protected aquifer deep beneath the pristine forests of Maine. We collect only the natural overflow without the use of pumps, bore holes, or other artificial means that can offset the balance of nature.


Summit Spring Water is one of a select few bottled waters to carry the State of Maine’s “Premium Grade” (License #967) designation. The State of Maine awards this designation only to the highest-quality natural spring water meeting the most stringent quality and testing guidelines developed by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services.

Summit Spring is also the only bottled water EVER issued an “exemption from treatment” in Maine’s history. Our water is so naturally pure it exceeds every Federal and State guideline for drinking water straight from the ground.

Why Can’t Water be Labeled “Organic?”

The USDA & FDA do not allow certain base components such as water and salt to be identified as “organic.” To do so would allow makers of products like shampoo, soup and other products with a high water content to mislead consumers by claiming a high percentage of organic ingredients just because the water portion is organic. So even though Summit Spring Water is as naturally pure as any water we know of on the entire planet, we can’t label it “organic.” Capturing, gravity feeding and bottling at the source is however, the most organic process we can think of…